ABC's Lost Finale, the Cross & Love

A Powerful Show Because It Tapped Our God-Inherited Desire for Companionship

I confess to being a Lost fan for the last six years. The finale is over and it was something. Though the show reeked with a plethora of opposing worldviews, (which was intended) the writers and producers had a plot, storyline, strong characters (which were created and based on great actors' personalities after they were chosen) and these characters had an unbelievable chemistry with one another. Sci Fi Meets Romance meets Survivor, except in the end, this show revealed it was against the Darwinistic approach of Survivor and for the redemption of people. And boy did they pull it together in the end. Cynics beaten down by life will hate the ending, but any softness within made for many tears. Despite the writers universalistic approach to theology, more by default because they were more dancing around theological issues than trying to make a passionate stand for Universalism, they succeeded in communicating that good prevails over evil and the love expressed between the players was in fact - real. In this culture, I don't expect the secular writers to be able to lead people to the Cross, but their show makes a powerful case, even though un-intended, for the Cross and why Jesus died. It opens the door to see a love unrivaled and unequaled for all eternity. People understand that hearts need fellowship and love. We get this trait from God, in whose image we were made. The difference is that in life, many put faith in themselves or a selfish and proud deity and eventually drown within the selfishness of their own hearts; But freedom comes from viewing His humble heart which can't help but consume ours as we see Him. We beat Him down and Love Himself kept coming for us. The Cross is who God is in His heart, not this presenty and suffocating, hovering Power in the air which wears many faces in religion, including Islam and ChristianISM, prayerless churchianity and Christianized activism. The Cross speaks not of utlitiarian fire insurance, but of a heart so Humble that creation demands that hearts and knees bow.

His heart touches every area, including relationships. What we feel matters and though God is a Person, not a feeling, He intends to be felt. In this, the show's writers, both ironically and sadly, showed themselves more in the know concerning the heart of God than most churched people.

But accompanied with the Lost finale was a real emptiness, just like the movie Titanic, where the deepest part of the soul is touched, even awakened, but with no certainty (and safety) of truth. Such certainty is left to the opinion of the individual. They must hope to guess right. Even most pew sitters have a head logic of the Gospel, but do not know Him deep down. And the kind of rescue and security presented in the Lost finale seems distant to everyday people in everyday life. This is another reason why we must serve as legal and literal conduits of the Holy Spirit in prayer, so He can speak directly to hearts via prayer.

But the unmentioned, unidentfied Heart (Light) presented in the show is real. As American Christians, we have shirked back from pointing to the Heart on the Cross by getting pridefully bogged down in a culture war which we are losing big time. Christians, on both the left and right, have done the Heart on the Cross and the people He loves a great disservice. We reduce the church to a pride-filled civic club and attach our pride to the Cross. I recently heard a a pastor brag about how he gave his heart to Christ some 25 years ago. God sure must have been helped. No, we do not deserve Him, or even each other.

You won't find anyone else Who pleads your case while you kill Him and counts Himself blessed to win your company in order to forgive you and treat you as a friend - as if you never hurt Him. This love is insane and will either burn inside you or you will burn in it for an eternity - either way...Love has come. Love is here.

Denying Jesus is denying Love.

The framework of the show was their creativity, but the power of it, was their tapping into the sacred depths of the soul created in God's image. Only the love of Someone as humble as Jesus can heal that wound carried in every soul on the planet. Some may band-aid it with religious pride, but it does not last. May we worship Love Himself more and more and may He fill us to overflowing and invade others' lives.

There's nothing like hearing Him say: "I love you".

...know them that labour among you... 1 Thessalonians 5:12 * ...pray for one another... James 5:6 * ...the eye cannot say to the hand I have no need of thee... 1 Corinthians 12:21 * ...there is one Body and one Spirit... Ephesians 4:4 * ...the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth... Ephesians 4:16 * ...I pray that they may be one with us so that the world will believe...John 17:21 * pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity...Psalm 133:1 "The purpose of life is companionship." *** "Worship is that form of companionship where we love on Him in response to His great love for us." *** "The most powerful drive in the human heart is the desire for companionship." *** "We inherited this drive from the One we were patterned after." *** "The difference between manipulation and leadership is motive." *** "Motive is purified and guided in the presence of God: Prayer." *** "Pride is a lifestyle of self-sufficiency, an attitude of self-entitlement and a motive for self-glorification." *** "Pride starts subtly and then turns into the aggressive enemy of real companionship" *** "The Cross and the presence of God brings fellowship (heart to heart), but the world offers only socializing (facade to facade)." *** "Every relationship has a foundation. The pride of public ministry has been a foundation for too many. At some point it consumes" *** "There is a difference between worshipping the idea that we worship God and actually worshipping God." *** "Why do we want to see prayer back in the schools, when it is no longer in our homes or churches?" *** "Corporate prayer around the Throne must return the center of church life if there is to be any hope for the masses." *** "Corporate prayer produces effective preaching, not preaching produces corporate prayer." *** "If we are so in the know, why do we no longer gather together to seek God, navigate through our haughty hearts to get a glimpse of God's heart and then pray in the lost?" *** "Christianity is not an enterprise, venture for self-discovery or political or civic organization. It is a Blood-bought fellowship of prayer focused on One." *** "Prayer-based friendships are the only ones that last." *** "Prayer-bathed friendships are not incidental to ministry, they are foundational." *** "Prayer is not a ministry of the Holy Spirit. It is the ministry" *** "It's one thing to tell somebody what we believe about Jesus, it's quite another to be able to introduce someone to our Best Friend." *** "We are more like Martha than Mary; More like Christian activists, than people of prayer." *** "We need unity in humility found at the foot of the Cross, not prideful uniformity that says: 'Look at us doing God's work'" "There has got to be a practical, excecutable strategy in place for us to dethrone the ministry of Hollywood in our homes and bring families and communities together via corporate prayer inspired by the Spirit. Technology is not the enemy; Our disobedient laziness is the enemy." ***